The video clip above is the first in Rockstar Games’ Design and Technology video series for Max Payne 3. Fans can catch nearly four minutes worth of media built entirely from in-game footage. The content within I largely recognize from the gameplay demonstration Rockstar was doing for press during last month’s New York Comic Con.
Here’s what you’ll see in the video above, according to Rockstar:
The Design and Technology Video Series offers a detailed look at the targeting mechanics, movement and animation, enemy intelligence and other technical design innovations going into building an advanced, intense and immersive action-shooter with Max Payne 3.
I’m not sure about the rest of you readers, but I really dig Rockstar’s relatively recent approach to gameplay trailer presentation. They still create the extremely cinematic pieces like we saw with the Grand Theft Auto V reveal, but they also do these video series in a unique and intriguing way.
It started with Red Dead Redemption. The same narrator that you hear in the clip above took to explaining the design principles, art direction, storyline and mechanics of Rockstar’s award winning western adventure. Each video in the series was slow in pace and moved to help future fans understand the mechanics and design at work in the title. The whole thing, as is the same with both the L. A. Noire campaign and this new Max Payne 3 business, almost had a History Channel-esque documentary vibe to it.
I applaud Rockstar for electing to take an intelligent approach with the way they build hype for their products now. It’s not just bang-bang-bang-boom-RELEASE DATE, we’re getting videos that run four minutes in length and discuss the game in a smart way from top to bottom. We know exactly what we should be excited for with their work, we don’t just drool over guns, cars and sex appeal.
Max Payne 3 is set to release in March of 2012. We’ll have more on the game as it comes.